PM Lee meets California Governor Jerry Brown on US trip

PM Lee (right) met Governor of California Jerry Brown on Thursday Feb 11, 2016 (San Francisco time).
PM Lee (right) met Governor of California Jerry Brown on Thursday Feb 11, 2016 (San Francisco time).PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION
PM Lee (right) met Governor of California Jerry Brown on Thursday Feb 11, 2016 (San Francisco time).
PM Lee (right) met Governor of California Jerry Brown on Thursday Feb 11, 2016 (San Francisco time).PHOTO: MINISTRY OF COMMUNICATIONS AND INFORMATION

SAN FRANCISCO - Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, who is on a week-long visit to the United States, met Governor of California Jerry Brown on Thursday (Feb 11) in San Francisco, the Prime Minister's Office said in a statement.

At their meeting, PM Lee and Mr Brown reaffirmed the strong economic ties between Singapore and California. Singapore was California's 12th largest export destination for goods in 2013.

Mr Lee and Mr Brown also discussed domestic and regional developments, the statement added.

PM Lee also emphasised the importance of continued United States engagement of Asia and the swift ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). The TPP free trade agreement - which includes the US and Asean members Singapore, Malaysia, Vietnam and Brunei - was signed last week.

The meeting with Mr Brown is part of Mr Lee's US itinerary, which will also include a stop at the special US-Asean Leaders Summit hosted by US President Barack Obama at the Sunnylands estate which takes place next week.

The summit comes on the back of an Asean Summit in November last year where the leaders upgraded the US-Asean relationship to a strategic partnership.